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Paul Mayer is a guest blogger. He operates under the name "ToolMetrix" (because of his passion for detailed tool analysis) and his work can be found on his: YouTube Channel: (youtube.com/c/ToolMetrix) Instagram Feed: (instagram.com/ToolMetrix) Facebook Page: (facebook.com/ToolMetrix)
Starter Set of Traditional Spindle Turning Tools
By Paul Mayer on January 24, 2022

Contrary to the title of this blog, I think actual starter sets of spindle-turning tools are a terrible idea. If you go that route you will end up...

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From Garage Woodworker to Shark Tank to International Furniture Success
By Paul Mayer on January 10, 2022

Like many successful woodworking business owners, Kiersten Hathcock started out with a mission. But Kiersten’s mission was surprisingly modest...

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Turning a Snowman Bottle Opener
By Paul Mayer on December 29, 2021

Sometimes I like to find a project that is whimsical and well-suited for mass production. This snowman bottle opener hits both of those marks. It...

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Turning a Winged Bowl in Red Mallee Burl Cap
By Paul Mayer on December 13, 2021

Late night shopping in the burl section on Ebay can be an expensive folly for a woodworker. When I found a spectacular Australian Red Mallee burl...

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Turning a “Monster Mesquite” Live Edge Bowl
By Paul Mayer on November 29, 2021

Living up in Minnesota, I have rarely seen mesquite wood, much less had any to work with in my shop. Ever since watching Norm Abram build his...

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Five Pen Turning Tips From Brandon Branch
By Paul Mayer on November 15, 2021

Turning pens is a favorite pursuit of many craftsmen for a number of reasons:

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Treating Combat Stress with Woodturning
By Paul Mayer on October 25, 2021

All of us who partake in the hobby or profession of woodturning know that there is an undeniable element of relaxation that goes along with it. ...

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Choose the Right Dust Collector
By Paul Mayer on October 11, 2021

Breathing wood dust is a known health hazard, so as woodworkers we owe it to ourselves and our families to invest in proper dust collection. There

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A Better Way to Build a Serving Tray
By Paul Mayer on September 27, 2021

Many years ago I received an order from a client for a serving tray, and she wanted the popular style where you start with a thick plank and dish...

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Turning a Large Cherry Burl
By Paul Mayer on September 13, 2021

Woodturners have a powerful craving for beautiful burls. We can’t walk through the forest, or heck, even drive down the road without being...

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